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Germany needs a frank debate – Deutsche Welle op-ed (in English & German)

, 12/09/2017

OPINION Yanis Varoufakis: Germany needs a frank debate The Greek people are paying dearly for having been lulled into a false sense of security, writes former Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis. Germans, he says, are laboring under the same illusion today. Complacency is a country’s worst enemy. My compatriots were, once upon a time, lulled into […]

For Europe’s sake, Britain must not be defeated – op-ed in The Sunday Times 10/9/2017

, 10/09/2017

Britain must make a radical move if it is to avoid the snare set by Brussels, which wants Brexit to fail, writes Greece’s former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis September 10 2017, 12:01am, The Sunday Times Varoufakis arrives at a meeting in Athens while he was the Greek finance ministerGETTY Share Brussels’s cheerleading journalists are at it […]

On a radical vision for Brexit – interview with the New Statesman

, 01/09/2017

I warned Jeremy Corbyn about Brexit – now Labour must regain its radicalism Yanis Varoufakis on a radical vision for Brexit. 1st September 2017 (Click here for the original NS site) From the beginning of my conversations on Brexit with the Labour leadership, I advocated a “radical Remain” stance: the UK should be for the […]

The Promise of Fiscal Money – Project Syndicate op-ed

, 30/08/2017

ATHENS – Western capitalism has few sacred cows left. It is time to question one of them: the independence of central banks from elected governments. The rationale for entrusting monetary policy fully to central banks is well understood: politicians, overly tempted during the electoral cycle to create more money, pose a threat to economic stability. […]

Απάντηση στον κ. Τσίπρα στην δήλωσή του για την επιλογή μου ως Υπ.Οικ. – επιστολή στον Guardian, 24η Ιουλίου 2017

, 24/07/2017

Επιστολή μου στον Guardian σε απάντηση της δήλωσης του Αλέξη Τσίπρα ότι ήμουν η σωστή επιλογή αλλά, παράλληλα, ότι το σχέδιο μου ήταν απορριπτέο 24η Ιουλίου 2017 Σε συνέντευξη του στον Guardian, ο έλληνας πρωθυπουργός, Αλέξης Τσίπρας, έχοντας παραδεχθεί ότι έκανε «μεγάλα λάθη», ρωτήθηκε αν το να με διορίσει πρώτο του Υπουργό Οικονομικών ήταν ένα […]

Mr Tsipras’ insightful incoherence – my reply in The Guardian, 24th July 20176

, 24/07/2017

In a Guardian interview (24 July), the Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, having admitted to “big mistakes”, was asked if appointing me as his first finance minister was one of them. According to the interviewer, Mr Tsipras said “Varoufakis … was the right choice for an initial strategy of ‘collision politics’, but he dismisses the […]

A New Deal for the 21st Century – op-ed in the New York Times 6th July 2017

, 07/07/2017

ATHENS — The recent elections in France and Britain have confirmed the political establishment’s simultaneous vulnerability and vigor in the face of a nationalist insurgency. This contradiction is the motif of the moment — personified by the new French president, Emmanuel Macron, whose résumé made him a darling of the elites but who rode a wave of anti-establishment enthusiasm […]

Η Βρετανία πρέπει να μάθει το μάθημά της από την Ελλάδα, και να έχει Plan Β όπως ο Βαρουφάκης – Wolfgang Munchau στους Financial Times της 25ης Ιουνίου 2017

, 28/06/2017

Γιατί οι Βρετανοί θα έπρεπε να συμβουλευτούν τον πρώην Υπουργό Οικονομικών της Ελλάδας, για να χαράξουν στρατηγική στο παζάρι με την ΕΕ. Η ανάγκη για Plan B του Γιάνη Βαρουφάκη. Γράφει ο Βόλφγκανγκ Μουνχάου. του Wolfgang Münchau [Το άρθρο βρίσκεται εδώ και μεταφράστηκε/δημοσιεύτηκε από το EURO2day] Οι ηγέτες που καλούνται να προσδιορίσουν τη στρατηγική των διαπραγματεύσεων […]

Europe’s Gradualist Fallacy – Project Syndicate op-ed

, 28/06/2017

ATHENS – Europe is at the mercy of a common currency that not only was unnecessary for European integration, but that is actually undermining the European Union itself. So what should be done about a currency without a state to back it – or about the 19 European states without a currency that they control? […]

LIBERATION: Bruno Le Maire dans les pas de Yánis Varoufákis?

, 14/06/2017

  Le ministre de l’Economie va proposer une indexation du remboursement de la dette grecque en fonction de la croissance du pays. Neuf thérapies en forme d’austérité budgétaire, trois plans d’aides, un changement de gouvernement et, au bout du compte, un énorme fiasco. Malgré l’obstination de la «troïka» (BCE, FMI et Commission européenne), qui n’a cessé d’imposer (le pistolet […]

John Kampfner’s review of Adults in the Room – The Observer

, 15/05/2017

Maybe Barack Obama isn’t such a saint after all. Before welcoming Greece’s embattled finance minister to the Oval Office, the then president told his Greek-American audience: “I might as well walk up to him and ask to borrow some money.” The presidential joke fell flat. Greece had become the object of mirth and bullying by […]

Congratulations, President Macron. Now We Oppose You! – Project Syndicate op-ed

, 15/05/2017

ATHENS – Prior to the second round of the French Presidential election, DiEM25 (the pan-European movement of democrats, mostly of the left, that I helped to found) promised Emmanuel Macron that we would “mobilize fully to help” him defeat Marine Le Pen. This we did – incurring the wrath of many on the left – […]

Paul Mason’s review of Adults in the Room in The Guardian

, 03/05/2017

Yanis Varoufakis once bought me a gin and tonic. His wife once gave me a cup of tea. While dodging my questions, as finance ministers are obliged to, he never once told me an outright lie. And I’ve hosted him at two all-ticketed events. I list these transactions because of what I am about to […]

The six Brexit traps that will defeat Theresa May – Guardian op-ed 3 May 2017

, 03/05/2017

“It’s yours against mine.” That’s how Wolfgang Schäuble, Germany’s finance minister, put it to me during our first encounter in early 2015 – referring to our respective democratic mandates. A little more than two years later, Theresa May is trying to arm herself with a clear democratic mandate ostensibly to bolster her negotiating position with European powerbrokers – […]

Why we support Macron in the second round – op-ed in Le Monde (English original) and DiEM25 France in Mediapart

, 02/05/2017

In today’s Le Monde I call upon French progressives to vote for Macron in the second round of France’s Presidential election. The article explains my recommendation to French voters and finishes off with the following promise to Emmanuel: “I shall mobilise fully to help you beat Le Pen with the same strength that I shall […]

Daily Telegraph’s serialisation of Adults in the Room

, 29/04/2017

Prior to the publication of my ADULTS IN THE ROOM, the Daily Telegraph serialised ten of the events the book turns on: A strange visit by Merkel’s go-between  The blocked Chinese deal  The key Berlin meeting Osborne meeting Tapped phone calls Coup d’état: How the government overthrew the… voters Dressing with dash: The story of that leather jacket The […]

Europe’s Illiberal Establishment – Project Syndicate op-ed

, 03/04/2017

ATHENS – On March 25, Europe’s leaders convened in the birthplace of the “European project” to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. But what exactly was there to celebrate? Were they reveling in Europe’s disintegration, which they now call “multi-speed” or “variable geometry” Europe? Or were they there to applaud their business-as-usual […]

PM Theresa May has miscalculated – Op-ed in THE MIRROR

, 02/04/2017

Theresa May has miscalculated her Brexit strategy, says the ­former Greek finance minister who handled his country’s EU negotiations. Yanis Varoufakis, writing exclusively for the Mirror, says the PM’s threat of a “ hard Brexit ” will not make Britain’s departure any easier. Mr Varoufakis said: “By making a hard Brexit the default of the ­negotiating […]

How does the triggering of article 50 look from Europe? Op-ed, The Guardian

, 02/04/2017

How do I feel now that article 50 has been triggered? I feel sad that so many good people in Britain will feel so disappointed when they realise that Brexit has not helped them “take back their country”. I feel alarmed that, driven by Brexit, EU leaders chose its 60th anniversary, last Saturday, to embrace […]

CNN op-ed following Article 50: The EU cannot survive if it sticks to business as usual

, 02/04/2017

March for a Different Europe in Rome, March 25, 2017. From DiEm25 facebook page. Allowing EU member states to move in different directions and at different speeds is precisely the wrong way to address the differing concerns of Europeans living in different countries – and it seems an odd way to unite them behind a […]

Socialising androids – Two Project Syndicate op-eds & one Guardian commentary

, 14/03/2017

Click here for my Project Syndicate op-ed in which I reply to Bill Gates’ proposal for a tax on robots, counter-proposing the idea first canvassed here of a universal basic dividend from a public share trust fund. See also this commentary in The Guardian.  

Greece’s Perpetual Crisis

, 14/02/2017

  ATHENS – Since the summer of 2015, Greece has (mostly) dropped out of the news, but not because its economic condition has stabilized. A prison is not newsworthy as long as the inmates suffer quietly. It is only when they stage a rebellion, and the authorities crack down, that the satellite trucks appear. The […]

A New Deal to Save Europe

, 14/02/2017

LONDON – “I don’t care about what it will cost. We took our country back!” This is the proud message heard throughout England since the Brexit referendum last June. And it is a demand that is resonating across the continent. Until recently, any proposal to “save” Europe was regarded sympathetically, albeit with skepticism about its […]

A New Deal to Save Europe – Project Syndicate op-ed

, 23/01/2017

LONDON – “I don’t care about what it will cost. We took our country back!” This is the proud message heard throughout England since the Brexit referendum last June. And it is a demand that is resonating across the continent. Until recently, any proposal to “save” Europe was regarded sympathetically, albeit with skepticism about its […]

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